The free bets are in, but what will oddschecker's finest be using them on?
To celebrate the launch of the Betfair Exchange’s best ever offer, the Free Bet Streak, we rounded up some of oddschecker’s finest to attempt a winning streak throughout the week.
With the Free Bet Streak, each tipster staked £20 on a horse at Royal Ascot in the Queen Anne Stakes at 1:50pm and everyone earned a £20 Exchange Free Bet. Now, this is where the fun starts. If the Free Bet wins, you get another free bet the following day and this will go on until each tipster has a loser.
So, who will be oddschecker’s last tipster standing in the Free Bet Streak? Here are their selections for the £20 Free Bet on the Betfair Exchange alongside a quick reminder that the free bet can be divided into smaller bets and on any sport.
Sam Eaton, Head of Marketing, oddschecker US - Selection: Man City -1 v Arsenal
Arsenal have been shocking away from home this season only collecting 14 points from 13 games. The most worrying stat is they’ve only managed to find the back of the net on 14 occasions away from The Emirates in the Premier league. Free scoring City will terrorise this flaky Arsenal defence. The break should have done City a favour as they have been able to come to terms with finishing behind Liverpool.
Ed Jeanes, Social and Content Executive - Selections: Bell Rock and Montatham in the 15:35 Royal Ascot
I’m going to pick two from the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot on Wednesday and have two £10 bets on the pair for the next part of the free bet streak.
Firstly, Bell Rock won by a neck at Newmarket, coming from the rear despite the clear advantage of racing prominently throughout the meeting there. He has a run under his belt, the Balding yard are in good form so I expect a big run. They pitched him in the St James’s Palace Stakes last year so he is clearly well thought of.
Secondly, I couldn’t leave out Montatham. His victory at Newmarket was one of a horse who the handicapper wasn’t even close to catching up with. He flew clear of his rivals and gave the impression that an 8lb hike in the weights still underestimates him.
Alex Keating, Commercial Manager - Selection: Japan in the 15:00 Royal Ascot
Wednesday is a tricky day for punters at Ascot and should be treated accordingly from a staking perspective. Although it doesn’t take a huge amount of skill to be tipping up an evens favourite, the horse I can be most confident of keeping the bet streak going is JAPAN. Aidan O’Brien’s 4 year old by Galileo was 4th in the Arc at the culmination of a brilliant 3 year old season which included a demolition job at this meeting last year. Two more wins followed and Japan’s chinning of Crystal Ocean at York is comfortably the best form in the race. If Aidan has his colt on song for this, which there can be few questions of given the master handler has already produced two first time out Classic winners since the resumption, the streak should be well on its way into Thursday. Given my NAP of the week comes on the Friday, I’ll just be aiming to keep the run going in this…
Teague Calvin, Sports Manager - Selections: Berlin Tango in the 13:50 and Lord North in the 15:00 Royal Ascot
An impressive win for Pyledriver in the King Edward VII Stakes has franked the form of BERLIN TANGO (current price 6.2), who beat the colt by a length at the start of the month. There was a lot to admire about the three-year-old’s performance at Kempton that day, kicking into gear around the bend and the way he opened his stride further as he hit the line suggests there is more to come from Andrew Balding’s colt. The yard has been in decent form and the jockey booking of 2000 Guineas champ Oisin Murphy is a bonus.
£10 win @ 6.2
I am going to take on the even money favourite Japan in the Prince Of Wales' Stakes as I believe LORD NORTH looks set for a huge effort under John Gosden (current price 12.0). The four-year-old beat some classy sorts at Haydock nine days ago, will stay the trip and finished second on his one and only effort at the track. He is open to further improvement and any overnight rain will only aid his claims. James Doyle takes the ride and knows how to win this race having won two of the last seven renewals.
£10 win @ 12.0
Guy Harding, Head of Commercial - Selection: Adeyyb to place in the 15:00 Royal Ascot
Having lost my Free Bet Streak qualifying back bet on the Queen Anne. I’ve opted for a more conservative selection for my first of what I hope will be a series of Free Bets as my streak develops.
With this in mind I am siding with Adeybb in Prince of Wales, but with red hot favourite Japan likely to prove stiff competition, I will be backing Adeyyb to be placed on Betfair Exchange.
I was lucky enough to see Addeyb win the Wolferton Stakes at Ascot last year and since then I’ve been watching his progress closely. Forecast rain won’t bother him and with course and distance form under his belt I can’t see him finishing outside of the front two.
Sam Farley, Content and Marketing Manager - Selections: Sheffield Utd HT/FT, Xhaka to be booked, Gwangju to win and Japan to win the 15:00 Royal Ascot
Diversifying the free bet portfolio with these £5 bets:
Football – Villa v Sheffield United – (Sheffield/Sheffield) halftime/fulltime @ 4 (£5)
Villa have been losing their last 4 games at halftime and fulltime and without a loud Villa Park to spur them on there’s a real chance they’ll do it again.
Football – Man City v Arsenal – Granit Xhaka to get booked @ 2.72 (£5)
City will walk this game but I want some bang for my buck and preferred this to a handicap. With City dominating I can’t see Xhaka and the Arsenal midfield not being overrun. If that happens than Xhaka is the favourite to get booked, having 7 yellows already this year.
Football – Gwangju FC v Incheon Utd – Gwangju to win @ 2.22 (£5)
I’m not expert on the K League but the table doesn’t lie. Through 6 games, Incheon are rock bottom with only two points, having only scored 2 and shipping 8 goals in the process. Gwangju sit in the middle of the table on 7 points and you’d expect them to do the business against the basement dwellers.
Racing – Royal Ascot 15:00 – Japan @ 2.04 (£5)
Japan has impressed over the last year including a victory as Ascot a year ago and a 4th place finish in the Arc. Should be the winner when all is said and done.
Jake Gallagher, Head of Social and Content - Selection: Man City to beat Arsenal
I am putting the full £20 on this at 4/11.
I could’ve spent hours looking at the xG giving a myriad of reasons based on statistics that’ll back up this punt. Instead I’ll ask you two questions:
1. Have you seen Kevin De Bruyne play football?
2. Have you seen Kevin De Bruyne play football when given all the room in the world between the midfield and defence to operate his magic?
The answer to question two is key here because Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos are good at giving playmakers enough room to plant a cabbage patch in the lines between them and their mates David Luiz and Shkodran Mustafi. I consider my free bet streak safe as houses.
Tom Dodd, US Senior Content Manager - Selection: Bodyline 14:25 Ascot and Chief Little Hawk 16:10 Ascot
With free bets to play with on Wednesday, I’m going to be splitting my £20 from Betfair into two £10 free bets to maximise my chances to stay alive at Royal Ascot.
The first tenner will be on Bodyline in the 2.25 at around the 10/1 mark. This horse ran a lovely prep race for this at Yarmouth over 1m2f and the further distance today will suit this well-bred colt down to the ground. Sir Mark Prescott has his stable in good form and he looks like a typical improver for the yard.
Second up will be Chief Little Hawk for Aidan O’Brien in the Windsor Castle. This Air Force Blue colt was really impressive first time out (just a week ago) and granted horses from this yard step up considerably from first run to second, this juvenile will take some stopping.
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